Bowa Talks Ryno, Coaching for Ryno and Rollins

bowa and rollinsLarry Bowa had some interesting things to say Wednesday when he stopped by the ballpark.

First, he explained why Ryne Sandberg will be a good manager.

Second, he talked about possibly taking a job on Sandberg’s coaching staff.

But then he talked about Jimmy Rollins, whose .666 OPS is the lowest of his 14-year career. Bowa is a big Rollins fan. The two have a good relationship. One of my favorite Rollins-Bowa stories happened in the clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park in 2004. Bowa was walking through the clubhouse past Rollins’ locker, when Rollins’ blurted, “Hey, Bo, you’ve got to pimp that walk. Drag that back leg.” Bowa didn’t miss a beat and responded, “I’d like to see you drag that back leg across home plate every once in a while.” Both men laughed.

“Jimmy still has a lot of baseball left in him,” Bowa said Wednesday. “You have to keep the volume up. Sometimes he likes to lower the volume. The volume is definitely turned back up (recently). I can see a big difference.”

Rollins is hitting .385 (15-for-39) with two doubles, one home run, two RBIs, seven walks, three stolen bases and a .991 OPS in his last 11 games. It’s a small sample size, but it’s something.

“I don’t even know if they talk,” Bowa said about Rollins and Sandberg, “but I see a difference in the way Jimmy has played lately. Ryno hasn’t said a word whether he’s talked to him, but I just watching Jimmy and see a difference in Jimmy. … “(Rollins is) lucky. You don’t play on winning teams every year. To me, the mark of a good player is – what, they are 18 games out? – you still have to post up. It’s hard to play like that, but you still have to do it. It’s easy to play when everything is going good. He’s been very lucky. Even when I was here, we were .500 or above. It’s fun to play like that. When you’re 18 games out, you have to kick it in, and it’s hard sometimes.”

9 Comments

Just great hearing all those names in the same Phillies article. I’ll renew my Sunday plan.

Come back, Larry!

Bowa would be a great addition. Ironic since he was part of “the trade” They need to bring back Jamie Moyer too!

Would be interesting to see what Larry could bring, beyond the hard-nosed energy we all remember. Tangentially, I think the loss of Davey Lopes has never been fully appreciated or acknowledged, both from a base-running and fielding standpoint. Look at the steal and outfield assist stats for the Phils and Dodgers before and after 2010. He was an integral part of the Phils’ success from ’07-’10. Maybe Bo (with Ryne) can start to bring some of that back.

I have the utmost respect for what Bowa did as a player but his abrasive personality did not segue well into managing.

UGH! Please keep the hothead Bowa as far away as possible from Citizens Bank Park. Even if he has to be sent to Japan.
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Would love to see Bowa back in the dugout with Ryne Sandberg. He is very passionate about winning and playing the game the RIGHT way. The 2014 Phillies should campaign to bring him back if they are serious about taking back the NL East Division.

Bowa would likely be the bench coach. Ryno knows exactly what he’s getting with Bowa- his temper is not a secret. It’s Ryno’s choice who he wants for pitching coach, hitting coach, first and third base coaches, and bench coach. Of course, Rube has veto power, but I would be surprised if he forced Ryno to use the same coaching staff next year.

Wow that was odd. I just wrote an really long comment but after
I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well
I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say wonderful blog!

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